Raise Your Voice: A Sexual Violence Symposium

Raise Your Voice: A Sexual Violence Symposium

Apr 6

Wednesday, Apr. 6 - Wednesday, Apr. 13 All Are Welcome


If Not Us, Who?

One year ago, President Katie Conboy made a commitment that Saint Mary’s College would lead the charge in raising awareness and erasing the stigma of sexual violence. As president of the only women’s college in the state of Indiana, she highlighted the power of solidarity and asked us to imagine what might happen if we showed up and stood up for each other every day.

The Raise Your Voice Sexual Violence Symposium gives us a chance to listen to each other’s stories. Together, we will combat sexual violence by listening to and advocating for survivors. 

If you're reading this, this symposium is for you. Because sexual violence impacts everyone, it is highly likely you know someone who is a survivor. It could be you, a friend or family member, it could be a professor, or residence hall advisor. Sexual violence impacts you

One Week, Many Events

From April 6 to 13 you will hear guest speakers, witness powerful art installations, and come away as advocates who can work to end sexual harassment, assault, and abuse.

Chanel Miller

Powerful storytelling will be the hallmark of the inaugural Raise Your Voice symposium. And so, we are honored to present An Evening with Chanel Miller on at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 11. 

Chanel Miller is a writer and artist. Her memoir, Know My Name, was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Ridenhour Book Prize, and the California Book Award. It was also a best book of the year in TIME, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, NPR, and People, among others. She was named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 and a Time Next 100 honoree, and was a Glamour Woman of the Year honoree under her pseudonym Emily Doe.

Chanel Miller will join us virtually at O'Laughlin Auditorium, and will answer audience questions. This is a free event. Those unable to join us in person can take part via Zoom. Virtual attendence registration is now open.

With gratitude to the Kristine Anderson Trustey Student Wellness Program

Learn More About Raise Your Voice 2022

Additional Events

Start by Believing Day, April 6. A global campaign to remove the stigma of sexual violence by listening, and believing.
5 – 6 p.m. 

"Now We've Lost Count" – A Screening of Somebody's Daughter, April 7. Following the documentary, the Student Diversity Board will lead a conversation about the film and the disproportionate violence perpetrated against women of color.
6 p.m.

Sexual Violence in Fiction, April 8. Alumna Janet Kelly '97 will read from her new young-adult novel, Taint.
3 – 4 p.m.

Research, Advocacy & Activism on Sexual Violence, April 8. Students and alumnae will present their research on sexual violence.
4 – 5 p.m.

"What Were You Wearing?" April 11 – 18. This art installation shares stories of survivors from the Saint Mary’s campus community
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Chanel Miller Event and Resource Fair, April 11
5 – 8 p.m.

Take Back the Night, April 13. The annual tri-campus Take Back the Night event begins at Saint Mary's College, concludes with a vigil at the Grotto at the University of Notre Dame.
5 – 10 p.m. 

Special Thanks to the Following Sponsors:

Belles Against Violence Office
Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership
Department of Gender & Women's Studies (ND)
Department of Gender & Women's Studies (SMC)
Department of the Associate Dean of Students
Division for Inclusion & Equity
Division for Mission
Division of Student Affairs
Kristine Anderson Trustey '86 Student Wellness Program
Office of Student Involvement & Advocacy
Residence Hall Association
Residence Life
Student Activities Board
Student Diversity Board
Student Government Association



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